Paul having a break after a hard day’s work at the Wexford Nationals in 2017, this with his pal and another Irish UCI commissaire Gary McIlroy

Cycling Ireland has appointed Paul Watson to the role of Technical Consultant on a part-time basis. Paul is an experienced international commissaire having officiated at major events across road, track, and para-cycling at Olympic, World, and European levels. The role will involve the provision of technical support to all sectors of the cycling community along with recommending relevant updates to rules and policies. Work has already begun to establish a database of officials which will act as a resource for clubs and event promoters. Paul Watson is available to assist on technical and sporting matters at paul.watson@cyclingireland.ie (info courtesy of CI)

Paul on duty as UCI commissaire at the Dublin International GP in 2016

I met Paul for the first time in Lurgan in 2006 when I did my comm exams, he was with his father Jack, the tutors of the course. After that, we met up regularly at the local races and I remember my first job with Paul very well…I was still in my rookie year and comm for the Tour of Ards (my home club) In the last few km a big crash occurred with a rider thrown over the defense wall of the Strangford Lough near Newtownards…a helicopter was needed and the fire brigade to get this rider back to safety..Paul left me eventually to assist with the emergency services while he had to cover the front of the race as comm 1. Welcome to the life of commissaire so to speak..lol! We worked a few times after that, even we had some different opinions on some cases, but hey… he was the boss, but I have to value him as a friend too…when I had my heart problems and had to resign as comm, he was one of the first one to wish me well and still ask me when we meet about my health, which I appreciate so much…He definitely will be an asset to CI as his knowledge of the sport is enormous, I bet he goes to bed with the rule book..lol… As Paul’s father Jack they have certainly put their stamp on Irish cycling history and are valued by us all…good luck Paul in your new role, between your UCI work and CI work you will have your work cut out, but I am sure you will succeed too, regards Dany B in behalf of the Belgian Project

Paul’s dad and mentor Jack holding his MBE award medal in London a few years ago